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BJ’s on the Water
Written By: Jenny Samuels
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BJ’s on the Water
BJ’s on the Water
You can tell by these smiling faces that BJ’s service is the best: clockwise, Nikki, Jeremy, Eric, owner Billy, Micah, Brandon, Chris, Chelcee, Mike & Alexis.
BJ’s on the Water
Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” is the daily soundtrack at BJ’s on the Water during the stunning sunset.
BJ’s on the Water
Managers Jason, Jeremy, and Nikki welcome guests to BJ’s on the Water at 75th Street and the Bay.
    Still the same? Not exactly. Celebrating its 35th year in business, BJ’s on the Water features a new contemporary design, including new tables, booths, slate walls, and modern ceiling fans and light fixtures. One feature of BJ’s that will always remain the same is its unbeatable, unparalleled, panoramic bay view.  BJ’s location is the ideal vantage point for taking in the sunset over the bay while geese, ducks and other wildlife frolic in an impressive bird sanctuary. Enjoy this fabulous view on 75th Street & the Bay, year-round from the comfort of the indoor dining room, from the serene observation deck, or from the expansive outdoor dining deck.
    Another main attraction at BJ’s on the Water is its tantalizing seafood menu. Delectable options include Maryland Crab Soup, Seafood Salad Wrap, Crab Imperial, and Chicken and Shrimp Teriyaki, just to name a few. And for the beef lover, NY Strip Steak is included on the entré list.
    We had a terrific three-course dinner at BJ’s on the Water. We arrived at 6:30, just in time to bask in the glory of the jaw-dropping sunset. The manager sat us at a new tall tabletop in front of a wall of waterfront windows.  Longtime BJ’s customers, Joey and I were in awe of the upgrades in the dining room. We were also pleased to see that our favorite “starters” remain on the menu, including Feta Fusion—roasted feta cheese, red peppers, black olives, Greek oregano, extra virgin olive oil, and cracked black pepper, served with multigrain crackers. We were eager to try the Seafood Skins, which several friends have recommended. Topped with shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, and melted cheddar cheese, the Seafood Skins look like heaps of crab imperial piled high on potato skins. We ordered this delicious concoction, and enjoyed every bite. Our friendly server also served us the Pizzette Crab Imperial. Garlic and cheese white pizza is topped with crab imperial. I also recommend this starter dish.
    For our main entrées, we ordered the Stuffed Filet of Flounder, oven baked with lump crabmeat and topped with imperial sauce. This was my favorite dish. We also tried the Fresh Catch of the Day, Mako, prepared Cajun style. Other delectable seafood entrées on the menu at BJ’s on the Water are Shrimp Imperial, Stuffed Lobster Tail, Breaded Colossal Gulf Shrimp, Twin Crab Cakes, and Seafood Medley—broiled combination of flounder, crab cake, deviled crab, shrimp, and clams casino.
    BJ’s Ravioli is stuffed with five Italian cheeses, and Pasta BJ’s is tossed with flash fried gulf shrimp and served with garlic bread and garden salad. Order the Stuffed Surf and Turf for a 12-ounce New York Strip Steak, char grilled to order, and a 12-ounce Lobster Tail with lump crabmeat and imperial sauce.
    BJ’s is famous for its signature sandwiches, too, including the Black Russian with turkey, roast beef, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and Russian dressing on pumpernickel bread, and BJ’s Famous Razorback—hot ham, tomato, and mushrooms, melted Swiss cheese, lettuce, and tarter sauce on 12-grain toast. Crab Cake, Fish Filet, Salmon BLT, Steak Sandwich, Hot Pastrami, Fried Oyster Sandwich, and Black Bean Burger Wrap are a few of many more sandwich options.
    The salad options at BJ’s on the Water are countless. Classic greenery includes House, Greek, and Caesar Salads, while signature selections are Salmon Salad, Steak Caesar, and Shrimply Delish (Caesar topped with Key Largo grilled gulf shrimp). The Crab Meat Chop Salad is comprised of lump crabmeat, blue cheese crumbles, bacon, onion straws, Romaine, and Ranch dressing. I recommend the Oyster Chesapeake salad, which is the Caesar topped with a half-dozen plump, juicy, flash fried oysters.
    BJ’s serves its entire menu from 11 AM until 1:30 AM, seven days a week. The bar, which is separated from the dining rooms, celebrates Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM, plus Late Night Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday from 10 PM to 2 AM. Live bands pack the large dance floor Friday and Saturday nights. Wednesday is the famous BJ’s Deck Party from 4 PM to 8 PM, also with live entertainment. New in 2014, DJ Jeremy spins old school favorites on Thursdays at 9 PM. Customers never pay a cover charge at BJ’s on the Water.
    At 1:00 PM, come to BJ’s on the Water for its daily duck feeding. The wildlife sanctuary on BJ’s waterfront includes a platform where ospreys, heron, egrets, ducks, geese, and many other feathered friends dive beak-first into the serene water to feed. The serene scene is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of car and boat traffic. Owners Billy and Maddy Carder have done a fine job preserving this habitat.
    The Carder family has made a remarkable influence on the Ocean City community, including active involvement with the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the restaurant hosts a canoe race, which brings fun-loving staff from restaurants all over the beach to compete. For photos from past races, check out The hallway at BJ’s entrance is donned with framed photographs of staff photos from over the years, dating all the way back to 1979. It’s clear that Billy and Maddy have touched the lives of many friends and families during their 35 years of success.
    Make sure to stop at BJ’s on the Water the first weekend of September, arguably the most beautiful month of the year on Ocean City’s bayfront. Friday night live band Go With the Flo will take the stage at 9 PM. Saturday night, local favorites No Byscuyts rock the after dinner crowd at BJ’s. Wednesday night, legendary Rod Stewart tribute artist Sir Rod performs at 5 PM. BJ’s has a full lineup for OC Bike Fest, too, with acts like DJ Jeremy, Full Circle, and the Chest Pains on tap. Plus, BJ’s on the Water is Redskins Headquarters. Take in the NFL action at BJ’s indoor bar, featuring plenty of flatscreen, high-definition televisions. For more information, call 410-524-7575.
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